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INDUSTRY NEWS


Waukesha Makes Renovations, Purchases French tool shop, Groupe Allio.


Ken Kurek, president and CEO,


Waukesha Foundry, Waukesha, Wis., is managing an aggressive growth strategy, having increased sales by 40% over the last two years and investing $2.2 million in foundry equipment and office renova- tions to upgrade its existing facility. Troughout its history, the com-


pany has adapted its products to meet industry demand. Once a cast aluminum cookware maker, it now manufactures high-alloy castings for the aerospace, automotive, defense, petrochemical and food processing equipment markets. Along with its investment this year,


Waukesha has: • Restructured its union agreement with a Pay for Skill program. • Developed a partnership with


HIP Standard Approved A new ASTM International standard,


ASTM A1080, for hot isostatic pressing (HIP) of steel, stainless steel and related alloy castings has been approved. “Te new standard is intended to


demonstrate the minimum amount of process control/monitoring required to control the HIP process,” said committee member John Schleicher, technical/development sales manager, Orchid Orthopedics. “ASTM A1080 will benefit the users who don’t have their own documents or procedures for HIP. Tis standard will provide manu- facturers with much needed informa- tion to use the process.” According to Schleicher, HIP can be used in place of typical thermal processing of some alloys and to reduce rework and salvage time. It also can be used to enhance the properties of certain materials and to diffusion- bond two pieces together.


QUALITY CERTIFICATION Te following metalcasting


organization has passed a recent certification audit:


Alcast Foundry, Redondo Beach, Calif. (ISO 9000-2008).


September 2012 MODERN CASTING | 15


• Secured a major order from Japan Aeroforge/Kobe Steel.


• Implemented an ERP system within a six-month time frame.


• Launched a five-year, $25,000 scholarship program for UWM


College of Engineering & Applied Science students. Founded in 1912 by Corwin


“C.C.” Smith, the company is owned by FCF Partners, LP, in Milwaukee and is celebrating 100 years of operation.


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